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Dotty Hexagon Pillow

Heidi Staples Stash Books ePub

Dotty
Hexagon Pillow

PILLOW SIZE: 17˝ × 12˝

Here’s your chance to give hexagons a try! Grab a stack of solid-color charm squares and put together this salute to the color spectrum. If you’re feeling feisty, try making the pillow with prints instead of solids. Either way it’s bound to brighten up your next rainy day.

FABRIC REQUIREMENTS AND CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS

Dotty Hexagon Pillow

17˝ × 12˝, featuring Kona Cotton Solids by Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Making the Pillow

BLOCK ASSEMBLY

If this is your first time with hexagons, be sure to do a little research on basting the hexagons and sewing them together. See Resources for links. If you’re already a hexie fan, be sure to check out Tacha Bruecher’s masterpiece Hexa-Go-Go for some incredible project ideas!

1Baste each trimmed charm square to a 1¼˝ hexagon paper foundation, using your preferred method.

2Refer to the Hexagon Assembly diagram to arrange the hexagons into 7 rows, 4 with 8 hexagons each and 3 with 9 hexagons each. Space the white hexagons among the colored ones.

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Traveling with Your Sewing

Heidi Staples Stash Books ePub

Make Something Bigger: Projects for Time and Travel

I must govern the clock, not be governed by it. —Golda Meir

While there will always be occasions that call for quick projects, it’s good to leave room in your life for the occasional challenge. There’s going to be a moment when you’re browsing online and a new pattern catches your eye. It’s gorgeous and interesting, and it already has a growing following among the blogs. Your fingers are itching to get started. “But how,” you ask, “am I going to find time for something that big? Small finishes I can do, but that? No way.”

All that is about to change.

Splitting a Big Project into Manageable Pieces

As far as I’m concerned, a project is “big” if …

+It means a lot of hand sewing. This includes projects involving English paper piecing, embroidery, or hand quilting.

+It’s made up of quilt blocks that are difficult to piece or have lots of small pieces.

+The quilt itself is physically large, calling for a large number of blocks.

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Sleepy-Time Friend Kit

Heidi Staples Stash Books ePub

Sleepy-Time
Friend Kit

STUFFED DOLL SIZE: 2½˝ × 9˝

TOTE BAG SIZE: 6˝ wide × 8½˝ high × 3˝ deep, plus strap

MINI QUILT SIZE: 8˝ × 8˝

PILLOW SIZE: 5˝ × 3˝

This little stuffed doll can be made into just about any character you like, and his size is a great fit for small hands. Use his pocket for a stuffed friend of his own or special treasures, like jewelry or just-lost teeth. A coordinating tote plus miniature quilt and pillow add extra fun to the mix.

BUSY GIRL SPEAKS 

Lynne Goldsworthy of Lily’s Quilts (lilysquilts.blogspot.com)

Any tips for busy people trying to fit sewing into their life? Find a little corner where you don’t have to tidy things away every time you stop sewing. I like to have one hand-sewing project that can be picked up whenever I have a free minute.

Organizational tips for the sewing room? I have a trash bin right next to my cutting mat and a scraps box underneath. When I’m cutting, tiny scraps go into the trash, and bigger scraps go straight into the scraps box.

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Summer Tourist Quilt

Heidi Staples Stash Books ePub

Summer
Tourist Quilt

QUILT SIZE: 44˝ × 44˝

BLOCK SIZE: 12˝ finished

Sewing up one of these quilts is like sitting down after your last vacation to look at all the pictures you took on your trip—oh, the memories! You can use the pieces in your scrap bucket or cut a square from each new print that comes to live on your fabric shelves. Summer Tourist is a quilt to be made over time, sewing up a block whenever you have enough prints collected. This is also a great project for using leftover charm squares and mini charm squares.

If you’re looking for instant gratification, try something smaller like the Weekend Tourist. This mini quilt is a great way to showcase some of your favorite prints when you’re looking for a fun, quick finish.

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Summer Tourist

44˝ × 44˝, 12˝ blocks

Making the Quilt

36-PATCH BLOCK

Make a 36-Patch block in each color group, alternating saturated and low-volume prints.

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Calendar Girl: How to Fit Sewing into Your Schedule

Heidi Staples Stash Books ePub

People often ask me how I find time to do everything I do. Between cleaning, cooking, homeschooling my daughters, and running errands each week, where do I find the time to sew and blog?

You Have to Make It Happen

For me, sewing is not always a tidy process. Let’s take a look at a little piece of my day …

Noon: Put Mouse down for a nap, start playtime for Bear, get Bunny started on afternoon schoolwork.

12:15 p.m.: Sit down at my workspace to start sewing.

12:23 p.m.: Stop to put Mouse back in bed after she stages a protest.

12:36 p.m.: Start pressing the fabric I need for a project.

12:45 p.m.: Stop to answer the phone; remind the local newspaper for the 257th time that we really are not interested in a subscription.

12:52 p.m.: Get back to my pressing.

12:56 p.m.: Stop to help Bunny with the mysteries of bar graphs.

1:07 p.m.: Finish pressing and start cutting my fabric.

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